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Ukraine Russia war – latest: Finland joining Nato a ‘threat’ to Russia, Kremlin says

From impartial to Nato: Finland declares bid to affix alliance

Finland becoming a member of Nato would “undoubtedly” symbolize a menace to Russia, Kremlin has mentioned right this moment.

It comes as Finland’s president and prime minister have mentioned they’re in favor of making use of for Nato membership.

President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin in a joint assertion: “As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the whole defence alliance,” they mentioned. “Finland should apply for NATO membership immediately. We hope that the nationwide steps nonetheless wanted to make this resolution can be taken quickly inside the subsequent few days.”

In a press convention this morning, Mr Niinisto mentioned the Russian president was answerable for the transfer, saying: “You induced this. Look within the mirror.”

In the meantime, Finnish MP Elina Valtonen has mentioned the nation is able to defend itself if Russia responds aggressively to Finland’s utility for Nato membership.

Sweden is predicted to announce it would apply for membership inside days because the nation’s overseas minister mentioned: “Finland is Sweden’s closest safety & defence accomplice, and we have to take Finland’s assessments under consideration.”


Russia will reply to Finland’s Nato accession

Russia has mentioned it will be pressured to reply to Finland’s resolution to affix Nato.

“Finland becoming a member of Nato is a radical change within the nation’s overseas coverage,” the overseas ministry mentioned in an announcement.

“Russia can be pressured to take retaliatory steps, each of a military-technical and different nature, with a view to cease threats to its nationwide safety arising.”

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Watch: From impartial to Nato: Finland declares bid to affix alliance

From impartial to Nato: Finland declares bid to affix alliance

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Finland ‘decided’ to maintain maintain of its personal safety choices

Round three-quarters of the nation assist Finland’s utility to affix Nato, Finland ambassador has mentioned right this moment.

Talking to Instances Radio , Jukka Siukosaari mentioned: “We see our safety as a call of our personal and we’re fairly decided to maintain that proper.”

He added that the plan to affix the 30-member state is for the sake of its personal safety and never an assault in opposition to Russia.

Hearken to the total interview right here:

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Kremlin says Finland becoming a member of NATO is particular menace to Russia- replace

The Kremlin has mentioned Finland’s transfer to affix Nato was “undoubtedly” a menace to Russia and that the growth of the army bloc wouldn’t make Europe or the world extra secure.

Talking to reporters on a convention name, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned the steps taken by Finland to affix Nato have been a trigger for remorse and a motive to impose a symmetrical response.

Finland’s president and prime minister mentioned earlier on Thursday their nation should apply to affix the Nato army alliance “immediately.”

Requested whether or not this offered a menace to Russia, Peskov mentioned: “Positively. Nato growth doesn’t make our continent extra secure and safe.”

He mentioned Finland had joined “unfriendly steps” in opposition to Russia.

Requested what type Russia‘s response would take, he replied: “Every part will rely upon how this (Nato) growth means of Nato growth performs out, the extent to which army infrastructure strikes nearer to our borders.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain12 Might 2022 11:40


Russian military ‘lose total battalion’ making an attempt to cross Ukraine bridge

The Russian military has suffered heavy losses together with the destruction of round three dozen tanks after the Ukrainian military blew up a pontoon bridge over the Siverskyi Donets river within the Luhansk area, in keeping with experiences.

Satellite tv for pc photos collected by geospatial intelligence agency BlackSky present {that a} pontoon bridge – used primarily however not invariably for army functions – was destroyed on 10 Might after Ukrainian artillery struck the bridge and surrounding space.

The photographs present smoke emanating from the half-sunken bridge with destroyed armoured automobiles mendacity on the shores of the Siverskyi Donets river, operating west to east between Russian rebels-controlled provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk in jap Ukraine, Shweta Sharma writes.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain12 Might 2022 11:30


Ukrainian fighter trapped in Mariupol steelworks pleads for Elon Musk for assist

One of many lots of of Ukrainian fighters holed up in Mariupol’s besieged Azovstal steelworks has appealed Elon Musk for assist evacuating the remaining survivors.

“Elon Musk individuals say you come from one other planet to show individuals to consider within the inconceivable. Our planets are subsequent to one another, as I dwell the place it’s almost inconceivable to outlive,” marine commander Serhiy Volina wrote on Twitter in his plea to the Tesla billionaire.

My colleague Thomas Kingsley experiences:

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Kosovo hopes to affix Council of Europe after Russia’s exit

Kosovo authorities has mentioned it would apply for membership on the European rights watchdog the Council of Europe, seizing a possibility after Russia stop the physique in mid-March.

Russia left the physique hours earlier than a vote on its expulsion within the Council of Europe’s meeting on March 15, three weeks after it began its assault on Ukraine.

Being accepted into the organisation requires a two-thirds vote by members, and with Russia not recognising Kosovo as an impartial state, there had been a danger any earlier utility would fail.

Kosovo says it now has sufficient backing from the 46-member physique to be accepted and the federal government mentioned it had ordered the overseas ministry to begin membership procedures.

Backed by Western international locations, Kosovo declared independence in 2008 nearly a decade after the warfare between ethnic Albanians and Serb forces led to 1999.

Kosovo is recognised by greater than 110 international locations however it’s nonetheless not a U.N member, going through objections from its former grasp Serbia and veto holder Russia.

Serbia’s president Aleksandar Vucic mentioned his nation would strongly react if Kosovo utilized for Council of Europe membership and referred to as an pressing assembly of the nationwide safety council.

The Council of Europe created the European Conference on Human Rights and helped jap European nations to democratise their political techniques after the collapse of Communism.

It advocates freedom of expression and of the media, freedom of meeting, equality, and the safety of minorities.

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Breaking: Finland becoming a member of NATO would ‘undoubtedly’ symbolize menace to Russia

Finland becoming a member of Nato would ‘undoubtedly’ symbolize menace to Russia, Kremlin has mentioned.

Extra updates can be supplied shortly.

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Explainer: What’s Nato and why was it fashioned?

With Finland planning to affix Nato to strengthen its safety and defence in opposition to Russian aggression, my colleague Joe Sommerlad explains precisely what Nato is.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain12 Might 2022 10:50


How probably is it that Russia will launch a nuclear assault?

Vladimir Putin positioned Russia’s strategic nuclear weapons forces on excessive alert in the course of the first weekend of his warfare with Ukraine, prompting fears all over the world over what might occur subsequent.

The Russian president blamed “unfriendly actions within the financial sphere”, a reference to the punitive financial sanctions imposed on his nation by the Western allies, and claimed main Nato members had made “aggressive statements”, forcing his hand.

My colleague Isobel Frodsham experiences:

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